ACFR responds to gas leak explosion in High Springs, house fire in Newberry

Press release from Alachua County Fire Rescue

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Fire Rescue responded this afternoon to a gas leak explosion in a residence in High Springs and a fire in a residence in Newberry.

High Springs

This afternoon, units from High Springs Fire Department and Alachua County Fire Rescue responded to a reported explosion in the area of Bellamy Estates, north of High Springs. Upon arrival, units found a burn patient who was injured when a gas leak inside a residence ignited. The patient was transported to a local emergency room as a trauma alert but is expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.  


This afternoon, units from Newberry Fire Department and Alachua County Fire Rescue responded to a residential building fire in the City of Newberry. Upon arrival, units found a single-family residence with smoke showing from the roof eaves. A quick fire attack was initiated, and the fire was contained to the kitchen and adjacent areas. No occupants were home at the time of the fire, but multiple animals were found trapped inside the residence and unfortunately did not survive. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the county Fire Marshal. The Red Cross was requested to assist the occupants.  

Alachua County Fire Rescue encourages everyone to have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom of their residence as well as one on every level of a multi-story residence. Additionally, all homes with an attached garage or gas appliances should have a working Carbon Monoxide detector. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, oderless gas that is deadly. CO alarms save lives!

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